Hemorrhoids occur when the veins around the anal region swell and protrude from the anus. This causes very painful passing of stool. The various causes of hemorrhoids that you should know about are discussed in this article as follows
Forced bowel movements
This is one of the leading causes of hemorrhoids. If one tries to force bowel movement for long, they can cause hemorrhoids. The most common causes of such strained bowel movements are like constipation and diarrhea. Some other reasons include the use of seat toilets instead of the squatting ones.
Postponed bowel movements
It is a common temptation to postpone bowel movement whenever one is not near a toilet or a place to relieve themselves. Doing this once in a while is okay. However, the problems arise when one habitually postpones bowel movement. This postponing makes fecal matter to dry while in the intestine making it even harder hence trying to pass. This eventually leads to strains while passing the stool hence causes hemorrhoids. More to that when the fecal matter is in the colon, then there is pressure exerted on the muscles and veins around the anal region hence they swell.
Poor dietary habits
When one develops a habit of eating more of processed food and less of vegetables and fruits it causes hemorrhoids. Also, the consumption of too much of non-fiber carbohydrates, sugar, refined flour and animal proteins make stool hard hence difficult to pass causing hemorrhoids. One should strive to ensure that they eat a balanced diet.
One can genetically inherit weak vein walls. This in itself is not a cause of hemorrhoids. It is combined with other factors such as being seated or standing for long hours coupled with poor bathroom habits.
It is common to add weight during pregnancy. This added weight on the uterine wall exerts pressure on the rectal veins. During labor and childbirth, if the labor lasts long it causes an increase in pressure in the anal region which would lead to constipation in women who didn’t have any before. If one had existing hemorrhoids during pregnancy, they might worsen on their last trimester.
Some illnesses may cause hemorrhoids. Such include rectal cancer which normally causes an urge to defecate though one doesn’t feel like doing so. The unnecessary strain put on the rectal veins causes hemorrhoids. Other illnesses to watch out for include irritable bowel syndrome, heart ailments and also liver diseases may indirectly cause the hemorrhoids.
Living sedentary lives
Engaging in very little exercises is harmful to your overall health. This is because it causes muscles to be less elastic hence difficult bowel movements. This happens to be common in the elderly and sick people. Some jobs that involve sitting for long hours without time to exercise also contribute towards this.…